Each month our showbiz diva, Zoe Griffin will entertain you with an editorial, but fret ye not, tis not an entire 30 days you will have to wait to hear her sultry tones. She'll be bringing you the latest news hot off the press, so make sure you bookmark this for your regularly fix...
by Zoe Griffin
HAPPY Valentine’s Day everyone! You are in from a special treat this year as this month marks the return of my showbiz section.
I have had a year of jetsetting, focusing on building up my own online magazine, Live Like a VIP. This meant covering a lot of film premieres and international fashion events to get the gossip up first on my website.
In addition to this, I wrote a book about Blogging, called Get Rich Blogging, and visited some business conferences to promote this. I also set up a new website called Blog Surgery, designed to help new bloggers grow blog traffic in an efficient way. If you want to blog, then give it ago.
Finally, I dipped my toes into the dating game. Admittedly I had limited success but if you want to see entertaining TV, set your Sky + box for 25 March at 8pm on ITV Be where you will see me on the Dinner Date show. I had three dates with three men in three days and the results were good TV, even if not exactly what I was hoping for.
So what do I have planned to report on in February? It’s the best month of the year, as there’s London Fashion Week, there’s the Elle Style Awards, The BAFTAs and The Brits. Not to mention keeping an eye on LA when it’s the Grammys and The Oscars. Could life get any more fabulous?
I’ll bring you a lowdown of who went wear and who wore what. There are often interesting choices of outfits in a good (and bad way).
Have a great month of love, enjoy the 6 Nations and I’ll keep you posted on the gossip over here...
Hello my lovelies!
Where did January go?! In both rugby and Showbiz, February is one of the busiest months of the year. We all know about the RBS Six Nations, and I have added this to my calendar along with London Fashion Week (14 - 20 February), the Brits and the BAFTAs. I expect the month to pass in a blur of Champagne and air kissing, starting with a weekend in Paris for France vs England with Rugby Unplugged, and ending with just about enough time to recover before the Oscars in March. Phew!
Did you have a good January? Mine started by being on TV as I supported my pop star friend Leo The Lion Ihenacho on BBC talent show The Voice. Leo was in The Streets, but this is his chance to make it alone. If you don't know who Leo is check out this video below. Rugby's Martin Offiah takes a starring role alongside David Harewood too!
After that, the next big event for me was the premiere ofthe fantastic new film from Martin Scorsese, The Wolf Of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio looked delicious in a tartan suit by Armani, while new Hollywood actress Margot Robbie (better known to many as Donna Freedman in Neighbours!) actually matched the red carpet. Oops! Leo was a bit defensive on the red carpet, telling journalists that some people might not approve of the ending but ‘Scorsese was true to himself and that’s why he’s a genius.’ But I would say Leo is a genius in partying, as not many people know that he carried on until 11am the next day. He was with Robin Thicke and they went to Zuma, Nobu, TheBox and ended at a private party in a penthouse in Pimlico. I love that!
Want some exclusive gossip? Which star had to go to hospital while filming Celebrity Wipeout in Argentina…because her fake boobs hit her in the face when she fell off the obstacle course? It was glamour model and former I’m A Celebrity contestant Nicola Mclean. I’m not sure you will see this when the series hits BBC later in the Spring, but if you read the Rugby Unplugged showbiz letter I’ll try and give you some exclusives like this every month.
And finally, I can't finish without mentioning the National TV awards. A lot of it was a bit predictable with Ant and Dec winning best presenters and Coronation Street winning Best Soap (mainly due to the Hayley storyline). However, for the first time ever Strictly Come Dancing beat X Factor in Best Entertainment category. This is obviously far more relevant when you know Strictly judge, Craig Revell Horwood is a Saracens supporter and can often be spotted at their stadium.
So there you have it - sport and Showbiz does mix. I will be enjoying the best of both this month on behalf of Rugby Unplugged and my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like A VIP. I'll let you know how I get on soon and you can stay in touch with me on Twitter in the meantime...
Until next time...au revoir mes amis!
HOW did it get to the end of July already? I know I've been slack in sharing the Showbiz gossip with you recently so this letter is packed with the highlights of the summer so far. This means a lot of film premieres, a bit of festival action and some rugby players getting up close and personal with the daughter of a rock icon.
Well actually, Chris Robshaw, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers’ time with Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia May might not as been as romantic as they'd hoped as they were all models for the new British Airways plane that's travelling to South Africa. But it's good to see rugby stars being treated as celebrities. They scrubbed up well in their suits.
Talking of suits and heroes, let’s move onto Superman. Ok, the film itself has had mixed reviews but one of the best attended film premieres this summer was Superman: Man of Steel. Since it premiered during the Lions Tour, we didn't get a chance to see any more rugby union players suited and booted, but massive rugby fan, former player & Jersey RFC season ticket holder Henry Cavill scrubbed up pretty nicely. And he was joined on the red carpet by the big brother of England Rugby’s latest league convert Joel Tomkins, Man of Steel Sam Tomkins.
Russell Crowe, who owns rugby league’s South Sydney Rabbitohs, and played Superman’s father, Jor-El, looked pretty dapper too despite the summer rain. As well as Superman we've seen the big budget premieres of Jonny Depp's film Lone Ranger, Brad Pitt's World War Z, and Red 2 with Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis.
Of course it wouldn't be summer without some outdoor festival action. For me, the Wireless Festival was the highlight as it was in London and there was no camping (sorry, I'm a festival lightweight), and also because Jay-Z, Nas and Snoop Lion performed.
There seemed to be an extraordinary amount of man bands and bromance at the festivals with The Rolling Stones headlining Glastonbury, The Killers headlining the Isle of Wight and Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake at Wireless. This will change in a couple of weeks when Beyoncé headlines the V festival (which I'm off to on 16 August) but is a festival really the right stage for a pop princess who doesn't even play any instruments? As much as I love Beyoncé, I do think a festival format is suited to live music, not just live singers...
So what's next then? In August I'm looking forward to the premiere of We Are the Millers with Jennifer Aniston (mainly so I can see what she's wearing) and I'll be staying away from Leicester Square on 20 August when it's the One Direction premiere - which will be mass hysteria. I might also be going to support Ollie Phillips in his charity support of the Alzheimer's Society at the No 1 Sports bar in the City of London, where there will be a celebrity darts contest and a lot of drinks! Rugby players know how to get the party started.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and if you want some daily celebrity gossip check out my site Live Like A VIP...
I kiss everyone every day (well air kiss), but Feb is the month of lurrrve. Most of us might be feeling love sick by now with Valentine’s Day out of the way- I know I am! I live and breathe celebrity and without my daily dose of celebrity gossip and showbiz events I just I don’t know how any of us could cope. It’s been a busy month!
We’ve seen the Grammys, BRIT awards and the Oscars all in the last two weeks.
The Grammys have come and gone and we saw Bradley Cooper make his mark this month as the true Bachelor of the Year. Not to mention Taylor Swift and Harry Styles at the award shows since their controversial break-up- drama! She did a show stopping performance at the BRITS awards last week.
And let’s not forget all the beautiful garments we’ve seen on the runway in February for London Fashion Week (LFW).
Nina Naustdal’s show was one of the highlights of fashion week and I got to sit front row to get all the VIP tips, and I also spoke to TV presenter Sinitta for her very own fashion tips.
At the Oscars we saw the beautiful Charlize Theron grace the red-carpet in a white Christian Dior gown. We also saw Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lawrence win big!
London has been buzzing this month with stars on the red-carpet and lavish parties. Where’s the best place to be? The Mayfair Hotel is a celebrity hotspot. JLS and super model, Lily Cole are just a few of celebrities that have been spotted there this month. If you’re lucky you might just come across favourite celeb!
And don’t forget, if you do like a daily fix of celeb news, pop over to my new look site just here...
Stay beautiful and have a very fabulous month...
ARE you going to make any New Year’s resolutions? The only one I have is to make more of life – that’s more partying, more gossip and more fun times. If you do want to cut things out then just keep doing one thing – reading this section – as I’ll be telling you what’s happening in the world of entertainment, reporting from the front line. And more often than not I’ll be behind the velvet rope in the VIP area. (Check out my video of Denzel Washington and me at the Flight premiere in Showbiz News to see what I mean. It’s a hard life…)
January is film premiere time as all the titles in conjunction with the Oscars get released around the same time. We have Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained, Anne Hathaway in Les Mis and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln all having a premiere within the space of a few weeks. Leicester Square is the place to be this month! TIP: If you want to feel part of the action without getting cold, visit the All Bar One in the corner of Leicester Square and you get a pretty good view of what’s happening as the stars arrive.
I’ll also be heading to the Rugby Writers dinner at the Tower Hotel, where Rugby Unplugged have a table every year. Sadly what goes on at that dinner stays at the dinner but it teaches me one thing about rugby players - I think they party a lot harder than other celebrities! As soon as I visit a showbiz event in the week after the Rugby Writers dinner, I’m always up to party until 4am. And most of these celebrity parties finish by 11.
That being said, the National TV awards with Dermot O’Leary and tons and tons of soap stars is always a top night. Geordie duo Ant and Dec have won best TV presenter act for 11 years in a row. Can they make it to 12? Will X Factor beat Strictly Come Dancing? And do the public prefer Eastenders or Coronation Street? Also, when the TV stars get a chance to put on their real clothes rather than something in their characters’ wardrobes there is always a disaster. I love it!
Don't forget to check out the news from the premieres, the awards and what we think of these & all the latest cinematic offerings from the silver screen...
Have a great month and stay merry!
TINSEL, baubles, fairy lights and fizz – tis the season to be jolly! Whether you enjoyed 2012 or are looking forward to a fresh start in 2013, you may as well see out the end of the year in style. My tip to stay cool over Yule is to try to keep to a 3:1 ratio. That’s three nights out followed by one night in. Otherwise you’ll miss out on some of the great TV that takes place over the festive season.
Talking of TV, if you tune in to Vernon Kay’s All Star Family Fortunes on Christmas Day then you may see a familiar face in the audience – me! The producers do ask 100 people what they thought to a specific question and I was one of the participants. Obviously, I tried to be as awkward as possible to keep the show interesting for the contestants and keep the players on their toes. It was a team from ITV’s Daybreak vs a team from the British soap, Emmerdale and I’d love to tell you who won but I can’t!
If you fancy a trip to the cinema then there’s something for all tastes. This month we have the premiere of thrillers Jack Reacher (starring Tom Cruise) and The Double (starring Richard Gere), fantasy epic The Hobbit and romantic drama Playing For Keeps (with the drop dead gorgeous Gerard Butler). I’m most excited about the Gerry one…as long as he shaves his beard off.
One of my favourite things about December is we all get more of a chance to meet a star and get a picture and autograph...it’s book signing month! Lots of celebrities release their autobiographies around Christmas time and to increase sales there are signings in shopping malls and branches of bookstores. This year, the most prolific book promoters are Olympic cyclists Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins, rock star Rod Stewart, comedienne Dawn French, diving star Tom Daley, boyband McFly and cooking goddess Nigella Lawson. Look out for them in a shopping mall near you.
Another of my favourite things is opening the door of a chocolate advent calendar each morning. This year I have taken it to another level on my own website Live Like A VIP, where I have created a virtual advent calendar competition. Each day in December, there’s a chance to win a new prize each day. Click for your chance to win something fabulous.
Now don't forget to pop over to Showbiz News to see all the gossip from the red carpet events I've been hanging out at of late. Last month, it was the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards at the V&A stocked with a healthy amount of A-List celebs including the Pussy Cat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, Westlife's Kian Egan, and even Kelly Osbourne, as well a sprinkling of c-listers with good PRs that always manage to conjure up invitations for the wannabes.
And finally, I’d like to end with a bit of self-promotion. I have a book out in 2013 called Get Rich Blogging and you can actually pre-order it now on Amazon. I’m really excited to be a published author, but I also hope that it helps people as the aim is to explain how blogging can be profitable. If you’ve been hit by the recession, or you fancy a career change in 2013, check out Get Rich Blogging, apply the principles and you could end 2013 wealthy, happy and popular.
Showbiz kisses to everyone and enjoy your Christmas pud. And the mince pies. And the chocolate advent calendar…Yum!!!
THE Christmas party season starts now! As soon as Halloween is over, its goodbye to trick or treat and hello to treats all the way. That means premieres of Christmas-themed movies, openings of ice rinks, turning on of Christmas Lights and pantomime.
Of course, you could say the showbiz circuit is always bright and shin,y but it takes on an extra dazzle in November as lights from Oxford Circus and Regent Street to Westfield in Stratford to Lakeside are switched on by celebs. Taylor Swift, the Olympic athletes, Rihanna and Olly Murs are doing the honours in various places in London and around the UK with many more surprises to be announced.
If you fancy a bit of an adrenalin rush, want to make your date cling onto your arm or need to burn off some calories so you can indulge in a bit more mulled wine and whisky, then ice skating is your answer. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is always a favourite with celebrities – last year everyone from the X Factor crew to the Beckhams took spins on the rink and on the big Ferris wheel. The rink outside the Natural History Museum is open from now until 6 January, while the one outside the Tower of London is probably one of the most beautiful places to spend an hour doing exercise. Leona Lewis and The Wanted visited it last year so make sure you practise your skating in case you bump into a celebrity!
One place we will see a lot of celebrities this month is on 27 November when the Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever, has its first night at the Piccadilly Theatre. As the girls showed in the Olympics closing ceremony, their hits still strike a chord and although Geri, the Mels and crew aren’t in the cast we have the songs and they may even be sung better than by the original girl band. If you don’t fancy this though, come down to London for Snow White at the New Wimbledon Theatre with comedy dwarf Warwick Davis and Lisa Marie Presley (Elvis’s daughter). At the Richmond Theatre, HearSay singer turned actress Suzanne Shaw is in Aladdin with comedian Tim Vine, while head to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley to see actress Jennifer Ellison in Peter Pan.
And just because we love a feel-good film, we’ll be attending the premiere of Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger followed by an action film, Rise of The Guardians. That will keep us going until The Hobbit premiere happens in December.
So, without further ado it’s time to search for some suitably sparkly and sequined party dresses, a cute skating outfit and thick socks and some Vitamin C tablets. Tis not the season to get a cold when there’s so much fun stuff planned.
HAPPY October everyone! The nights are getting longer but you know what that means – there’s more time to party. With Halloween just around the corner, we can expect celebrity parties coming out of our ears. Heidi Klum is set to stage her legendary Halloween bash in LA; there are rumours that Brad and Angelina will be hosting one in France. There is even a whisper that Wills and Kate are throwing a shindig at a London members club - we need to get on that guest list.
Film-wise we have the 56th BFI London film festival, which kicked off with the premiere of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. Based on the Frankenstein novel, a little boy brings back his beloved dog and best friend, with some added extras. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter walked the red carpet for that one with Helena in a magical black and white dress that looked like it was embossed with flowers.
The festival will close with the hugely anticipated Great Expectations, which stars Helena Bonham Carter and the gorgeous Jeremy Irvine so I’m looking forward to seeing another eccentric outfit from Helena (where does she get them from?)
The film we are most excited about though has to be the new James Bond flick, Skyfall. After MI6 comes under attack it is up to 007 to track down and destroy the threat to Queen and country. The best thing about this film is that we get to see Daniel Craig in a suit and with next to no clothes on – swoon! This premiere has to be big as I’m told every celebrity in the UK around that time from B’list to Z’list has requested a ticket. It’ll be interesting to see whose agents are the most hard-working, pushing their stars that aren’t in the film onto the red carpet. Which rugby boys will get on the guestlist and which will have to watch it at the cinema like the rest of us?
And before I sign off for another month, can I just say that there is also a big thing happening on 17 October – The London Lifestyle Awards. I’m nominated in the category of London Personality Of The Year. I am soooo excited!!! Gary Barlow and Mayor Boris Johnson are also in this category so I have little chance of winning but it’s all about the party. Reckon I should challenge Boris to a dance-off?
LAST month may have been Olympic fever, with every London 2012 venue graced with -as well as yours truly- rugby stars galore in the audience across the generations...from Chris Robshaw revelling in Usain Bolt's 200m gold to Martin Corry celebrating the win of a Scotsman for the first time in history at Wimbledon as Andy Murray took his gold; from Mouritz Botha at Horse Guards for the hugely popular Beach Volleyball (also frequented by the inimitable Prince Harry) to Brian Moore - who was at everything(!), but in September, London will be going Paralympics crazy. We will be seeing the superhumans battling it out on the basketball court, in the Velodrome and competing in sports we may not of heard of such as Boccia (similar to bowls) and Goalball (similar to handball for the visionary impaired), alongside Wheelchair Rugby, which if ruth be told, is not really much to do with rugby, but makes for a great spectator sport!
Showbiz-wise, we can expect the likes of Kate and Wills (who watched the spectacular Olympic flame being re-lit) and David Beckham to show their support at the Paralympics games, and we have even heard a whisper that Rihanna and Coldplay will be performing at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
From the movie world, September will bring us the beautiful and moving Anna Karenina, which draws together Keira Knightley, avid London Wasps fan Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson in a dangerous love triangle. Not only are we looking forward to swooning over Jude and Aaron, we are also super excited about the fabulous costumes in the film. Keira is a lucky girl – having two men fight over her and she gets to wear stunning dresses! Then we have Brad Pitt coming to London town for the premiere of Killing Them Softly…*sighs*
And in terms of parties, there’s the GQ Men of The Year Awards and fashion, fashion, fashion darlings, as London Fashion Week takes over. If you’re anywhere near Somerset House in London from 14-18 September then prepare yourself for some weird and wonderfully dressed people.
I’ll keep you posted with the latest news from the parties, premieres and catwalks, and share any photos I get along the way. Rugby stars & celebs can’t hide from us!
MOVE over Jubilee shenanigans and hello London Olympics! This month we are seeing Britain and the rest of the world go sport crazy. We’re being treated to some super fit swimmers, phenomenal gymnasts and dangerously fast cyclists to name but a few.
London is on Olympic lockdown until 12th August and then again from the 29th until the 9th September for the Paralympics. We have a once in a lifetime chance to watch the games in our capital city AND enjoy the parties that come with it. We happen to know that Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt and fiancée Angelina Jolie are throwing an Olympics party and I have already been to a 2012 themed shindig with Guy Ritchie – I’m still waiting for my invite to party with Kate and Wills.
Showbiz-wise, we have the crème de la crème in town, as everyone wants a slice of the Olympic action. Posh and Becks (David delivered the Olympic Torch to Steve Redgrave on opening night), Ange and Brad, the Royals and Muhammad Ali. Even Nicole Kidman was spotted at a few gymnastics events. Not sure whether she cracked a smile but at least she was there…
Movie-wise, last month we had The Amazing Spiderman, who slung his net from New York to London. Christian Bale’s alter ego Batman came crashing into town in his Batmobile with the sexy Anne Hathaway as Catwoman by his side in The Dark Knight Rises. I have to say though, my highlight was certainly Tom Hardy’s muscles – that man gets more buff every time I see him.
August will be bringing us the oh so dreamy Irish bad boy Colin Farrell, starring opposite Justin Timberlake’s girl Jessica Biel in Total Recall – she is a lucky girl isn’t she?
Then we have new hottie in town Jeremy Renner who is playing the new Jason Bourne character in The Bourne Legacy. With bulging biceps like that, we think he could compete in the Olympics.
Now in true continental fashion, we’re taking a break for August, but will be back with a vengeance in September!
But in the meantime, don't forget to check out the news from the premieres and what we think of these & all the latest cinematic offerings from the silver screen...
Showbiz kisses to everyone, and let’s hope the sun comes out soon!
WITH the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee kick-starting the summer, I am pleased that despite the dubious weather, British summertime is now in full swing.
As well as the usual showbiz shenanigans – premieres and gigs – this month the summer social calendar starts in earnest. Event-wise, we will be treated to some fit and fast rowing athletes at the Royal Henley Regatta. From the 27th June till the 7th July, we all have the chance to experience the most renowned regatta in the world. There will be lots of men in lycra, and not to mention the glorious parties at the Regatta enclosure - we think it is definitely a day for Pimms and scones.
We also have the Cartier Polo to look forward to on 17 June, which not only attracts celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Eddie Redmayne, but the young Princes Harry and William, are usually there to support their fellow polo players. We cannot wait to see Prince Harry in his Polo whites. Perhaps after the Jubilee events the Prince will invite Cheryl Cole as his date?
Movie wise, it will be a super exciting month with The Amazing Spiderman slinging his web around Leicester Square. This will be THE premiere of the month and we cannot wait to coo over Emma Stone’s fabulous fashion and drool over Andrew Garfield’s newfound muscles – what a fabulously sexy mix! And at the start of the month we saw Tom Cruise in Leicester Square promoting musical turned film, Rock of Ages. Although he may be no spring chicken anymore, he looks surprisingly good for his age in the film. In real life? I prefer Andrew Garfield…
IN showbiz land, May means short skirts, cleavages on display, tanned flesh and bright colours. We’re through the worst of the Winter and now the celebrities can do what they’re paid for, which is to make the most of their best assets to sell their films/music/fashion. Are we complaining? I doubt most people would moan at the sight of someone like Kirsten Dunst or Rihanna in a bikini on a yacht in Cannes when their film happens to be in competition. And if the young British actors Eddie Remayne and Jamie Campbell-Bower want to pose topless for a Burberry campaign or Gucci poster then we fully support that.
If you follow the showbiz section of Rugby Unplugged this month we can promise you some fabulous things. There are two premieres we're quite excited about - Dark Shadows on 9 May will see the iconic Johnny Depp walk the red carpet in Leicester Square. A week later, It’s the premiere of Men In Black 3, which means comedy and aliens and Will Smith - a fabulous mix! Jennifer Lopez will be in town on 22 May but her film's called What To Expect When You're Expecting. Let's hope it's better than what the title suggests.
Music-wise we will be treated to Jay-Z at the O2 arena performing alongside Kanye West on 18 May. If they both bring their other halves (Beyonce and Kim Kardashian), will the capital be able to cope with such glamour? Will Boots run out of cough sweets after all the screaming girls get them to ease their throats the day after?
All you need do is follow showbiz news for all the answers...
HAPPY FEBRUARY everyone! Whether or not your Valentine's date is as gorgeous as the movie stars doesn't matter as you can enjoy some escapism through my antics this month. I'm looking forward to the BAFTA awards, London Fashion Week, the BRIT awards and then rocking out at the end of the month to the NME awards (even showbiz Princesses like to let their hair down sometimes).
Music-wise, one to watch this month is Ed Sheeran. Ed who? Exactly! This time last year, he put out a few singles on YouTube and it got noticed by the right people. Now he's been nominated for four Brit awards. That's one more than Adele, which seems bizarre. The Military Wives choir led by Gareth Malone are up for Best British Single, which we're thrilled about, but it's unlikely they'll win given that they're up against teen favourites The Wanted and JLS and it's always the teens that vote. And finally, keep an eye out for Emeli Sande, who's won the Critics Choice Award. Last year it was won by Jessie J and she's had an incredible year so Emeli's scheduled for great things.
And movie-wise, it will be interesting to see whether the BAFTA critics agree with the film reviews we've written about on Rugby Unplugged. For some reason The Iron Lady has been nominated heavily at the BAFTAs, which we don't understand that much as you can see from our review. Thank heavens for War Horse, however, and the legendary Steven Spielberg. If that doesn't receive at least one BAFTA then I'll turn up to a red carpet event in trainers (a huge faux pas!).
To see what we think about the movies and the fashion at the latest sparkling events, have a wander over here...
HAPPY NEW YEAR! There’s no time for post-Christmas blues in the world of showbiz because we’re straight into awards season. In January we have the People’s Choice Awards, The Golden Globes, The Wellbeing of Women Inspirational awards. There’s also the nominations announcements for The Brit Awards, the BAFTAs and the Oscars®.
Some things are easy to predict – Meryl Streep’s going to need to enlarge her trophy cabinet to fit in awards for The Iron Lady. If Adele doesn’t win at least one Brit there’s going to be national outrage. And we’re going to be seeing a lot of fishtail style maxi dresses worn by all the divas on the red carpets. For some reason a simple straight up and down maxi dress is not enough anymore – you’re not taken seriously in the glitterati unless the train of your dress is at least a foot long. This is partly because it means nobody else can get near you and you get a longer red carpet moment because it can only fit one dress at a time. No wonder award ceremonies drag on these days - it takes at least 2 hours for the stars to walk inside the venue and when it comes to walking up the steps to collect the award, it’s calling out for trouble. It can’t be long until we see the first fishtail flop!
My advice to anyone that isn’t hugely obsessed by showbiz is to record the ceremonies so you have use of the Fast Forward button. There’s nothing worse than staying up for an American awards ceremony and sitting through Best Lighting Operator etc. What we really want to know is did anyone snog, did anyone get insulted and did anyone have a wardrobe malfunction. My aim this month is to attend a few parties and premieres and give you the highlights.
So, all you need do now is pop over here for the latest news:
TO get celebrity stories you need parties where the stars let their hair down and December is the ideal time of year – it’s Christmas party season! This means even the most image conscious famous person indulges in a glass or four of Champagne (they’re usually free) and maybe a festive cocktail or two (they’re usually better than they sound). On top of all this, we can get a warm and fuzzy feeling by seeing smooches under the mistletoe and celebrities falling over on the ice rinks as, lets face it, stars making fools of themselves is always funny.
My aim for the festive season is to start off my series of Rugby Unplugged showbiz reports by telling you who’s out where, with whom, wearing what and what we’re all drinking. I’m going to tell you what silly things celebs say that don’t normally get printed in newspapers and magazines. And if I find out that a certain celebrity supports a specific premiership team or has played himself then you can rest assured it will be up on this page faster than you can sing a verse of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
Film Premiere parties we’ll be attending include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with the lovely Daniel Craig and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with Mr Tom Cruise. And yes, we’ll totally be asking Tom Cruise if he understands anything about rugby!
Professor Green’s on tour, Gary Barlow’s playing the Royal Albert Hall and Katherine Jenkins is swapping singing the national anthem at The Millennium Stadium for singing carols in charity services for the NSPCC and Breast Cancer Care (told you it was a busy time). That’s not to mention awards ceremonies like the annual British Comedy Awards hosted by Jonathan Ross and the Golden Globe awards happening in the States. This year Morgan Freeman – who we’re still in love with after his Mandela performance in Invictus – is receiving a lifetime achievement at The Golden Globes. So you see, rugby and showbiz really are interlinked.
Come back to this showbiz section for the breaking news as it happens. And if you want to ask us a question or give us a dare – we love making mischief – email or tweet me by clicking the buttons below. The only thing we won’t do is pull down Tom Cruise’s trousers. Nobody wants to see that!